Christmas Festival Orginizer Lee Waskom shared information on the festival and the HDBA’s plans regarding an inclement weather forecast at a Kiwanis meeting Dec. 1.
“We’re concerned about the 1 1/2 – 4 inches of rain predicted for that Saturday,” he said. But the fireworks will go off on time at 6 p.m. We’re an outdoor event. Some years we get good weather but other years you don’t.”
The parade had 80 units, which is now down to 69. Units traveling from Houston and other areas didn’t want to risk traveling in the rain.
“We will do nothing to endanger the children and others marching in the parade,” said Waskom. “We don’t want them to be marching in heavy, cold rain just to go home and develop colds.”
The last time the parade was canceled was in 1959. Waskom said they’re hoping for a 2 hour break in the rain where they can launch the parade.